Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1998

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Alta Berry
ODESSA _ Alta Grace Berry, 63, of Odessa, a cook in a nursing home, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Trent and moved to Odessa in 1967 from Andrews. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Alvah Berry of Odessa; sons, James Westbrook of Tyler, Billy Westbrook of Odessa; daughters, Pam Stoddard of Irving, Karen Nations of Rowlett, Janet Kennedy of Garland; brothers, John G. Woodard of Robert Lee, Robert Woodard of Grovetown, Ga.; sisters, Margaret Langford of Kerrville, Joett Ellis of Spring, Demarcie Craven of Spring Valley, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Karen Coker
CHOCTAW, Okla. _ Karen Smith Coker, 52, of Choctaw, a cattle broker, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bill Eisenhower Funeral Home Northeast Chapel. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Mexia and had lived in Choctaw since 1976. She was an Episcopalian.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Bob Coker of Choctaw, Okla.; mother, Lorraine Smith of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; sons, Shawn Blackston Smith of Austin, Jason Brooks Smith of Dallas; stepson, Damon Neil Coker of Choctaw, Okla.; daughter, Kenye Smith Weber of Crofton, Md.; stepdaughter, Peni Ann Coker Cook of Jones, Okla.; sister, Susan Patterson of New Braunfels; and five grandchildren.

Kathryn Gibson
ODESSA _ Kathryn Gibson, 72, a retired librarian, of Odessa died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at her residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jimmy Wilson officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Ranger and had been a resident of Odessa for 43 years.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Earskin R. Gibson of Odessa; and sister, Mildred Cox of Cache, Okla.

Polly Hickman
ODESSA _ Polly Ella Hickman, 62, a hairdresser, of Odessa, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at a later date in California. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Davidson, Okla.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Charles Mack Hickman Sr. of Odessa; son, Charles M. Hickman Jr. of Odessa; daughter, Donna Warmack of LaHabra, Calif.; brothers, Billy Jo Tatom of Louisberg, Mo., Raymond Gene Tatom of Iowa Park, Texas, Bobby Tatom of Iowa Park, Texas, George Tatom of Lake Dallas, Charles Tatom of Arlington; sisters, Geraldine White of Amarillo; Cynthia White of Garland; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eulogia Nabarrette
ODESSA _ Eulogia Ramos Nabarrette, 77, of Odessa, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary was said Jan. 12, 1998, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Luis Zepeda officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemtery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Felipe Nabarrette, Manuel Nabarrette, Ray Nabarrette, Jr., and David Nabarrette, all of Odessa; daughters, Ramona Rodriquez, Mary Ann Chacon, Lupe Castillo and Rosie Ruiz, all of Odessa; brother, Benito Ramos of Odessa; sister, Felisa Fino of Odessa; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mary Nichols
MIDLAND _ Mary A. Nichols, 41, a surgical technician, of Midland died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Shannon Pena of Odessa; son, Stephen Jacob Nichols of Midland; parents, Cotton and Mary Day of Odessa; and sister, Sharon Day of Odessa.

Nathan Ramirez
ODESSA _ Nathan R. Ramirez, four-month old infant son of Nat and Emma Ramirez, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Chavez officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Nat and Emma Ramirez of Odessa; sister, Brianna Raquel Ramirez of Odessa; grandparents, Erminia Cano of Odessa, Richard and Mary Lou Carrasco of Odessa; great-grandparents, Virgina Galindo of Odessa; Richardo and Alicia Carrasco of Fort Stockton, Manuel and Anabelle Garcia of Fort Stockton.

Sandra Ripley
COMANCHE _ Sandra Kay Ripley, 49, of Odessa, a longtime employee of First National Bank of Pecos, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Arrangements by Comanche Funeral Home.
She was born in Hico and was a 20-year resident of Pecos.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Mike Ripley of Odessa; daughters, Tanya Underwood and Sheryl Ripley, both of Lubbock; sisters, Barbara Wagner of Duffau, Joy Shulte of Fort Worth, Doris Reed of Granbury; and one grandchild.

Kathryn Sitton
PYOTE _ Kathryn Sitton, 77, of Monahans, a retired dorm director for Valparaiso University, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pyote Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Van Alstyne and moved to Monahans in 1992. She was Baptist. SURVIVORS: No survivors listed.

Frank Ureta
FORT STOCKTON _ Frank Ureta Jr., 52, a U.S. Border Patrol officer, of McAllen died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, in McAllen.
Mass was celebrated Jan. 8, 1998, at St. Joseph Church with the Rev. Jim Chaumont officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Fort Stockton and had lived in McAllen for 20 years. He was an Army veteran. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Frank Ureta Sr. and Josefina Ureta of Fort Stockton; daughters, Raquel Ureta of Dallas, Christina Ureta of McAllen; sisters, Nora Fields of Alamogordo, N.M. and Dolores Bustamante of Ruidoso.

Ruby Whaley
APACHE, Okla. _ Ruby Marr Whaley, 91, a retired bookkeeper, of Apache died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, in Cyril.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Christian Church with the Rev. Bud Jones officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Crews Funeral Home.
She was born in Oklahoma and was a 41-year resident of Odessa before moving back to Apache.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Nancy Frensley of Richmond, Calif.; brother, Wayne Marr of Apache, Okla.; and one grandson.

J.H. Whitley
MIDLAND _ J.H. ``Whit'' Whitley, 72, of Midland, a retired employee of Ruthco, Inc., died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, in Midland.
Services were held Monday at Ellis Funeral Home with Cecil Robinson officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Gorman and was a veteran of the Navy. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Whitley of Midland; daughter, Tracy Whitley of Austin; sons, Kelly Whitley of Midland, Cary Whitley of Austin; and two grandchildren.

Eulojio Gonzales
ODESSA _ Eulojio S. Gonzales, 68, of Odessa, a cement layer, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Luis Cepeda officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Martinez Funeral Home. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Lajitas and had been an Odessa resident since 1945. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Eulojio Gonzales Jr. of San Jacinto, Calif., Daniel Gonzales of Houston, Robert Gonzales of Bakersfield, Calif., Eddie Gonzales of Azuza, Calif., and Albert Gonzales of Buena Park, Calif.; daughter, Delma Perez of Corona, Calif.; sisters, Francisca Mierles, Simona Duran, Estela Castelo and Esperanza Hernandez and Lorina Guevara, all of Odessa; brothers, Manuel Gonzales of Amarillo, Jose Subia and Juan Subia, both of Odessa, and Alfonso Subia of Midland; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

John Harbison
STANTON _ John Edward Harbison, 50, of Stanton, owner/operator of Jedco Chemical Co., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at Memorial Hospital in Midland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Drew Edward Harbison and Cory Lee Harbison, both of Stanton; brother, Bob Harbison of Brenham.

Bettye Jones
KERMIT _ Bettye Jo Jones, 71, of Kermit, a retired accountant, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at Memorial Hospital in Midland.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Cooper Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Henry O. Freund officiating. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in El Dorado, and was a resident of Kermit for 41 years. She was Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Jane Westbrook of Ruidoso, N.M.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Merced Luna
ALPINE _ Merced Lara Luna, 93, of Odessa, a homemaker, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at her residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will be at Holy Angeles Cemetery. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
She was born in Shafter.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Selestina Bustos, Felesitas Tucker and Enriqueta F. Acosta, all of Odessa; son, Albino Bara of Midland; 16 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

D.L. Miles
MIDLAND _ D.L. Miles, 69, of Midland, a retired mechanic, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Winters and was an Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Terry Miles and Steve Miles, both of Midland; sister, Ruby Jean McBride of Vernel, Utah; brothers, George Miles and William Miles, both of Midland, and John Miles of Odessa; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eulojio Rodriguez
FORT STOCKTON _ Eulojio Rodriguez, 81, of Fort Stockton, a ranch hand, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at his residence.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Jim Chaumont officiating. Rosary was said Tuesday at Fort Stockton Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Sanderson and was a lifelong resident of Fort Stockton. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Son, Rodolfo Rodriguez of Carlsbad, N.M.; daughters, Belen Vargus of Fort Stockton, Cecilia Molina of Odessa; brothers, Juan Rodriguez of Chino, Calif., and Raymundo Garcia of Fort Stockton; sisters, Francisca Gurquidz and Leonor Reyes, both of Alpine, Catalina Ramirez of Fort Stockton; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Neva Shreffler
JAL, N.M. _ Neva Helen Ross Shreffler, 77, of Jal, N.M., a homemaker, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Lea Regional Hospital in Hobbs, N.M.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Blackie Ellison and Pattie Butts officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in Rockland, Penn., and was a 42-year resident of Jal. She was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Gerald Shreffler of Jal; daughter, Carolyn Joyce Hamilton of Amarillo; sisters, Louise Carlson of Titusville, Penn., Eleanor Ross and Janet Ross, both of Palm Bay, Fla.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Eliseo Acosta
PECOS _ Eliseo ``Eli'' Acosta, 26, of Hobbs, N.M., an oil derrick hand, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in Hobbs.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Alma Granado of Hobbs; son, Eliseo Acosta Jr. of Hobbs; parents, Candelario and Elena Acosta of Hobbs; brothers, Alvin Nichols and Larry Nichols, both of Tuscon, Ariz.; Frank Mata of Roswell, N.M.; and Pedro Martinez, Mario Acosta and Elias Acosta, all of Hobbs; sisters, Maria Elena Munoz of Pecos; Tavita Valencia of Artesia, N.M., and Delma Herrera and Olga Nichols, both of Hobbs.

Faye Chennault
SNYDER _ Faye Opal Chennault, 85, of Snyder, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at Heritage Home in Plainview after a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home with the Rev. Miller Robinson officiating. Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
She was born in Fannin County, and was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: No survivors listed.

Shelley Crawford
MIDLAND _ Shelley Jeanne Eudaly Crawford, 60, of Midland, a piano teacher, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at her residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m Friday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Gary Dyer officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tamarisk Cemetery in Grandfalls. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Monahans and was a longtime resident of Midland. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, J.P. Crawford of Midland; son, Christopher Arnold Crawford of Hollywood, Fla.; daughter, Jannifer Jeanne Rice of San Angelo; mother, Mildred Eudaly of Grandfalls; and five grandchildren.

Vickie Ruiz
KERMIT _ Vickie Ruiz, 56, of Kermit, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at her residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Ralph Barranger officiating. Burial will be in Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in Barstow and was a 39-year resident of Kermit. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Tony Ruiz of Odessa, Robert Ruiz of Denham Springs, La., and Nick Ruiz Jr., Ricky Ruiz, Ruben Ruiz and Sammy Ruiz, all of Kermit; daughters, Connie Ruiz, Elsie Ruiz, Amy Ruiz and Amanda Ruiz, all of Kermit; 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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